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Fashion: stripes inspired by Coco

PUBLISHED: 10:17 20 June 2017

Hobbs Mia stripe, £69

Hobbs Mia stripe, £69


Ellena celebrates Coco’s stripes a century on

Stripes have never really gone out of style. Inspired by the uniforms of the French Navy, they were immortalised by Coco Chanel in her 1917 Nautical Collection. A whole century later and the stripe is still a firm fashion favourite – it’s everywhere! If you’re starting to think about your holiday wardrobe you cannot step foot on a plane without at least one stripey garment packed.

Rather than opt for the traditional Breton top, why not mix it up a little and opt for a new way to wear the trend? Here’s my stripey holiday tips.

Day Birger Et Mikklesen, The Dressing Room, �60 Day Birger Et Mikklesen, The Dressing Room, �60

The cover-up

Sally tassel dress, Hobbs, £89 Sally tassel dress, Hobbs, £89

Ted Baker karftan, £70

So beautiful soft and flowing, no beach or pool-goer should be without a kaftan. Chic and practical, it’s the perfect cover-up and summer lounging garment.

Seafolly castaway swimsuit, John Lewis, £120 Seafolly castaway swimsuit, John Lewis, £120

The swimsuit

Ted Baker karftan, £70 Ted Baker karftan, £70

Seafolly castaway swimsuit, John Lewis, £120

Everyone knows that stripes in the right direction can be extremely slimming and this elegant suit ticks all the boxes.

The dress

Sally tassel dress, Hobbs, £89

You can never go wrong in summer with a relaxed jersey dress and I just love the tassel detail. If a cover-up is too sheer for you, then this is a great alternative. Or team with sandals or a wedge heel and it’s the perfect day trip outfit.

The shoes

Mia stripe, Hobbs, £69

Casual and beachy, these striped espadrilles are relaxed and comfortable. Team with plain coloured skirts, shorts or loose fitting linen trousers.

The bag

Day Birger Et Mikklesen, The Dressing Room, £60

I have a serious crush on this bag. Large and practical, it’s perfect to travel with. Throw all your essentials in and whisk it away poolside as you sip a cool cocktail in the sun.


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